Together with Sasha Dees, a curator specialised in the area of the Caribbean, we have granted Sharelly Emanuelson the Thami Mnyele Foundation Award for Sharelly to stay in the residency in the last months of 2019.
Born and raised in the Dutch Caribbean, studied film in the Netherlands and returned home to be able to tell universal and intimate stories from the Dutch Caribbean islands and the larger Caribbean region.
While she is continuously sharpening her own aesthetic and signature, she keeps looking for new ways of representation and angles of approaching the themes and discourses she is interested in. With striking observations, she takes us into another world that is always very personal. Sensitive topics are portrayed in a pleasant, non-radical way with humoristic insinuations.
Her films and film installation have been screened at different festivals and exhibitions. Apart from winning the audience award in 2011 at the Africa in the Picture film festival she received the Master award at KABK in 2014 and just recently received the encouragement spotlight Award of 2018, requesting her to continue making work. Emanuelson is also the founder of Uniarte, a non-profit, artists led organization on Curacao.